Your License, Credit & Job: You Speed, You Lose?
No one really stops to think of the financial chaos a speeding ticket can cause in your life, and to your family. Ticket fines in Florida can be very large depending on the circumstances of the traffic stop. Once you receive the ticket, you may also face Court costs, and paying for a family attorney and/or criminal lawyer, if an appearance is necessary. Additionally, you may need to pay for traffic school and you will see your car insurance rates permanently increase.
A speeding ticket can also impact your job. If you are required to do any driving for your company and points are posted to your license, you could lose your position. If your license is suspended as a result of the ticket, you can also be in danger of losing your job because you do not have transportation to get there each day. The troubles just escalate from this point forward.
Speeding Law In Florida
Speeding fines in Florida are regulated at county level. While there are some differences in fine amounts, they are similar throughout the state. Court costs will also differ in each county. Speeding fines are generally separated into the following categories:
• Up to nine miles per hour over the speed limit.
• 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.
• Over 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.
In Florida, police officers have the right to charge you with a felony if you exceed 21 miles per hour over the speed limit. You can be arrested at this point and have your car impounded.
Ticket prices range from $100 to $500 depending on the speed you were traveling at when you were stopped. The amount of your ticket will be printed on the ticket you are given and it will also state whether you have to appear in Court.
There are special circumstances that also apply to speeding in Florida. If you are caught speeding in a construction area or a marked school zone your speeding fines will be doubled. If you are caught speeding and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, you will also receive additional fines of up to $5,000.
Fighting A Speeding Ticket In Florida
If you have been ticketed and believe it was in error, it would be to your benefit to fight the ticket in Court. The financial strain associated with receiving a ticket, and the continued financial burdens due to increased insurance rates, makes it worth your time and effort to dispute the charges.
Hiring a traffic ticket defense attorney, who also specializes in family law, will improve your chances of having the ticket and/or charges dismissed. An attorney will review the events surrounding the issuing of the ticket, review local area information such as common speed trap areas and speed limit signs in relationship to the ticketing area, and use this information for your defense.
It is easy to see how quickly a simple traffic ticket can escalate into a financially devastating event in Florida. The best way to deal with speeding in Florida is to contact a defense attorney and try to have the ticket dismissed or the charges lessened. This is the safest way to protect your finances.
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